At the WCHM we have exciting news that we are collaborating with Natalie Malcolmson from BPD Awareness ACT to provide BPD awareness training sessions for service providers in the ACT from health and non-health settings who work with people presenting with BPD. The session will include the myths and facts about BPD, lived experience stories, “Do NO harm” approach, and self-care.
We will also be launching our new BPD information website for all those affected by BPD in the ACT. Both these projects will be launched in early November 2017 so watch out for them!
What’s happening in BPD Awareness Week?
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is one of the most highly stigmatised mental illnesses. Up to 5% of Australians suffer from BPD – more than twice that of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia combined, yet receives less government funding than any other mental illness. It’s time to make BPD a priority and move it to the front of the line for mental health awareness, education, research, and treatment.
1st – 7th October has been BPD Awareness Week in Australia since 2011. This year’s theme is “Stigma to Strength” which shows that beyond the stigma, people with BPD have many positives. This is the first time BPD events will be held in the ACT. All these events are free to attend and are an opportunity for consumers, family, friends and carers, professionals, and the wider community to come together, share stories and learn more about BPD. See flyers and below for event information:
- BPD Awareness Art Exhibition – 4th – 20th October – 9am to 5pm – Monday to Friday at Belconnen Community Services Art Gallery
- BPD Awareness Art Exhibition Opening – Wednesday 4th October – 5.30pm – Belconnen Community Services Art Gallery
- BPD Family Fun Day – Saturday 7th October – Western Foreshore, Lake Ginninderra, Belconnen ACT (entry off Joynton Smith Drive then on to Macdermott Place. 11am to 3pm.
All these events are organised by BPD Awareness ACT. Everyone is welcome so join us to celebrate BPD Awareness Week!
If you are interested in spreading the word about BPD nationally, see BPD Awareness.